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Thursday, November 04, 2010
GIGABYTE Releases GTX 480 SOC Graphics Card


GIGABYTE today introduced a powerful new addition to its Super Overclock Series: GTX 480 SOC (GV-N480SO-15I).

To qualify for Super Overclock Series, a GPU must go through GIGABYTE?s innovative GPU Gauntlet Sorting process and it must be equipped with Ultra Durable VGA or VGA+ boards. Designed specifically for overclocking competition and gaming battle, GIGABYTE?s GTX 480 Super Overclock Edition is built with NVDIA GeForce GTX 480 GPU. Based on 40nm processor and GDDR5 memory technology, the powerful new GPU supports Microsoft DirectX 11 and NVIDIA PhysX.

To satisfy hardcore gamers and extreme overclockers, GV-N480SO-15 is especially designed with GIGABYTE Extreme Dual BIOS technology. GV-N480SO-15I also features WINDFORCE 3X, 14 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read point.

As opposed to the traditional concept of dual BIOS chips where one is a main BIOS and the other one is a backup BIOS, GIGABYTE Extreme Dual BIOS technology contains two different BIOS chips designed for separate purposes. GIGABYTE Extreme Dual BIOS technology supports one-touch dual BIOS switching button to shift between two BIOSes, SOC (Super Overclock Series) Default BIOS and LN2 BIOS. SOC Default BIOS allows gamers to build their dream machines. LN2 BIOS is especially designed for overclockers to avoid potential cold bug issues at extremely low temperatures. The "cold bug" is an issue occurred when a processor ceases functioning or overclocking at a low (usually sub zero) temperature, preventing the use of extreme cooling methods such as dry ice or liquid nitrogen.

GIGABYTE introduces WINDFORCE, the latest cooling technology. To qualify for WINDFORCE, the cooling solution must be equipped with anti-turbulence inclined-fin, ultra quiet PWM fan and pure copper heat pipe. Inclined-fins redirect airflow and help to reduce excessive heat and turbulence. Depending on its orientation, there are 3 types of inclined-fin designs: parallel-inclined, mirroring-inclined and 3D-inclined.

GV-N480SO-15I is equipped with WINDFORCE 3X cooling solution. WINDFORCE 3X features 3 quiet PWM fans. The special 3D-inclined triple-fan design effectively minimizes the flow of turbulence between three fans. With a unique vapor chamber, WINDFORCE 3X is able to transfer heat from the hot spot to the cool spot as thermal energy becomes evaporated to the surrounding air. By capillary action, the condensed liquid droplets circulate back to the base of chamber. The cycles of evaporation and condensation enhance heat dissipation for greater cooling efficiency. Moreover, WINDFORCE 3X is equipped with three copper heat pipes to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.

The GV-N480SO-15I is compatible with ATX standard length PCB. 14 phase PWM design includes 12 for GPU, 2 for memory. Standard GTX 480 graphics card has 6+2 power phases whereas GIGABYTE?s GTX 480 SOC has 12. Not only does GV-N480SO-15I have more power phases than reference card, the 12 power phase status LED indicators indicate graphics card?s current power phase, helping users monitor power consumption.

GIGABYTE?s GPU Gauntlet Sorting process is the key to the best GPUs for Super Overclock Series. This unique process offers three major advantages. First, full-throttle performance tuning improves overclocking ability by at least 10% to 30%. Second, optimized thermal efficiency lowers extra temperatures by 5% to 10%. Fan speed is guaranteed at standard rpm in high-rated 3D and physics-accelerated games to reduce noise. Lastly, expert power switching lowers power switching loss by 10% to 30%.

GIGABYTE mproves its graphics card smart tuner OC Guru. This graphics card tweaking utility puts together the best combination of software/hardware overclocking. It now features 3 profiles: OC (for overclocking mode), Gaming (for gaming mode), and Green (for power saving mode). The different modes cater to users? different needs. GIGABYTE?s distinctive adjustable software offers gamers to adjust tuners for memory, voltage, and fan speed.

GIGABYTE?s specific voltage read point supplies hardcore gamers an ultimate benching experience at overclocking competition. Heavy users can change the voltage simply through software instead of manually adjusting any components on PCB. It is easy for overclockers to master the platform and monitor GPU workload at any time just through voltage read point.

Specifications:

Series: GeForce 400 Series
Chipset: GeForce GTX 480
Core Clock: 820 MHz
Shader Clock: 1640 MHz
Memory Clock: 3800 MHz
Memory Type: GDDR5
DirectX 11
D-sub: Yes (By Adapter)
DVI: Yes
HDMI: Yes
Memory Size: 1536 MB



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